Young Citizens: Bar Mock Trials

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Call for Barrister Volunteers: Barrister mentors are needed in Peterborough, Swansea/Wales, Maidstone, Liverpool and Nottingham. If you want to support young people to find out more about the rule of law, sign up to be a mentor here. 

The Bar Council is a proud sponsor of the Citizenship Foundation: Bar Mock Trial initiative. Since 1991, the scheme has enabled 53,000 young people from state schools across the country to compete in mock criminal trials, in real courts.

The competition runs once per year; each year involves:

  • 2,500 students from years 10 to 13;
  • 300 barristers and advocates;
  • 90 judges.

The Bar Council is looking forward to attending the National Final of the current round of Bar Mock Trials, on Saturday 23rd March, in Edingburgh.

For more information on Bar Mock Trials, visit

"The legal profession has been brought much closer to school children in a way that could not have been achieved in the classroom." 
A schoolteacher

"The sense of self-reflection adn critical, analytical thinking I gained from the Bar Mock Trial Competition truly developed me as a person"

Ryan, student.

"The Bar Mock Trials competition is now in its 25th year and the Bar Council is extremely proud to be associated with it. This competition enables young people of all backgrounds to better understand the law and the role of barristers within our justice system. The quality of advocacy on display and the commitment of the students, teachers and barrister mentors gives us great confidence in the future of our profession." 
Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, Chairman of the Bar Council 2016